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World Overnight landslide leaves 6 missing in southern Japan

07:05  11 april  2018
07:05  11 april  2018 Source:   ap.org

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The landslide , which occurred around 3:50 am, damaged four homes in Oita prefecture on Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan 's four main islands.

TOKYO — Rescuers were searching Wednesday for six people after an overnight landslide buried a small cluster of houses at the foot of a steep slope in southern Japan . The landslide , which occurred around 3:50 a.m., damaged four homes in Oita prefecture on Kyushu

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TOKYO — Rescuers were searching Wednesday for six people after an overnight landslide buried a small cluster of houses at the foot of a steep slope in southern Japan.

The landslide, which occurred around 3:50 a.m., damaged four homes in Oita prefecture on Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's four main islands, Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency said.

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Rescuers were searching Wednesday for six people after an overnight landslide buried a small cluster of houses at the foot of a steep slope in southern Japan . The landslide , which occurred around 3-50 a.m., left six people missing and damaged four homes in Oita prefecture on Kyushu

The agency said it left six missing and damaged four homes. TOKYO — Rescuers were searching Wednesday for six people after an overnight landslide buried a small cluster of houses at the foot of a steep slope in southern Japan .

Four people from one house have been confirmed safe, but six are missing from the three others, Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said.

Aerial photographs from Japanese news media showed a denuded swath on a thickly forested mountainside. At the bottom, a huge mound of earth and tree trunks buried houses, blocked the road in front of them and spilled over into fields on the other side. Blue-suited rescue workers could be seen on top of the rubble.

The cause of the landslide wasn't immediately clear. It occurred in a mountainous inland area known as Yabakei, which is famous for its fall foliage. Oita is also popular among tourists for its hot springs resorts.

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